Heartbreaking footage shows dog trying to get back into a car after being abandoned on the road
CCTV footage captured the moment that owners abandoned their dog days before Christmas.
On December 17 at about 5 p.m., owners of a black and white Staffie were recorded as they left behind their pet dog. The clip is found below.
The incident took place in Stoke-on-Trent on the corner of Timor Grove and Pacific Road. Authorities uploaded the clip to YouTube in hopes of finding the dog's former owner.
In the video, the man throws the dog bed onto the street. He then dashes toward a waiting car where a driver awaits. The dog, at first distracted, bounds towards him.
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After a while, it's clear that the owner has shut the dog out. The animal proceeds to circle the car, jumping up now and then in attempts to reconnect with his owners.
Nearly two minutes later, the car drives off and the dog takes off after it, hoping not to get deserted. After an hour, the dog now called Snoop was found by a considerate passerby who took him to the vet.
According to Unilad, since his abandonment, the RSPCA was alerted and began investigating the matter. They found that two previous owners were not responsible for the heartless act.
RSPCA Inspector Natalie Perehovsky implored the public to help with what happened. She described the footage as "awful," saying it "has to be seen to be believed."
She reflected the sentiments of many:
"To see the poor dog in such obvious distress jumping up at the car as it drives away it just heart-breaking. I can't understand how someone could do this."
"The vets scanned his microchip and we have traced two previous owners in the Birmingham area, but do not believe either are the current owners and therefore not those responsible for abandoning the dog."
"One man can be seen clearly in the footage dumping the dog, and there is a second person in the driver seat of the car. I am very keen to hear from anyone who recognizes the vehicle, the man or the dog."
The dog's condition is fine:
"The veterinary staff has nicknamed the dog Snoop, and he is in good condition, thought to be two years old. He is a white Staffie with black marking and is such a friendly, lovely boy. He's currently being cared for at a private boarding kennel where he will get all the care he needs whilst I investigate further."
She reached out once again and thanked the good Samaritan:
"Anyone who recognizes the vehicle, the dog or the men in the footage can contact me in complete confidence. It’s beggars belief that someone could abandon a dog like this at Christmas, but we are so thankful to the kind people who found Snoop sitting sadly in his bed, for taking him to the safety of a vet straight away."
Persons with information can call 0300-123-8018 and leave a message for the inspector.
Unfortunately, the occurrence is one of many that will likely happen during the season. Last year, the organization received over 55,000 calls about similar instances.
In a contrasting sorry, one dog was so close to its owner that her refusal to let someone pet him led to a viral video.
On December 19, a mother and her young daughter asked to pet a service dog who was with its handler. The incident occurrent in a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania shopping mall.
The handler said no, sending the mother and her daughter off. But the mother soon came back, and an altercation ensued. The recording was shared on social media.
The mother expressed her discontent with the way the handler said "no," instead of something like "sorry the dog is in training" because "that would've been nicer."
The handler, Megan Stoff points out the dog sweater was printed with at least two training labels. When the mother realizes she's on camera, she threatens Stoff and friend with her lawyer.
Later, reports revealed that the handler had heard Stoff curse her as she left and that's why she returned. Stoff defended herself by saying training dogs are often harassed.
We hope at the least that the animal is having a good life amid the tense encounter.